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Toward a New Methodology for Legal Research in Criminal Justice
Journal of Criminal Justice Education (2010)
  • Dr. Claire A. Nolasco, Sam Houston State University
This article informs the reader about the legal research, compares it with other forms of social science research, and ultimately argues for respect it is due, contending that law is at the core to a complete understanding of criminal justice and criminology. While research has a strong positivistic focus, legal scholarship has often set the foundational aspects of much in the field of criminal justice. This article maintains that: (a) law research and social science research methodologically are not mutually exclusive; (b) legal research has made significant contributions to criminal justice and is not peripheral to quantitative research; and (c) legal research will and should continue to effectively contribute to the advancement of scholarship in criminal justice.
  • legal research,
  • legal studies,
  • law,
  • legal scholarship,
  • empirical legal studies
Publication Date
March, 2010
Citation Information
Dr. Claire A. Nolasco. "Toward a New Methodology for Legal Research in Criminal Justice" Journal of Criminal Justice Education Vol. 21 Iss. 1 (2010)
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